Archive for August, 2012

Kitchen + Bath Ideas

Author: Travis Kinney

The current September/October 2012 issue of Kitchen + Bath Ideas features one of my kitchens.

Kitchen design


Kitchen design


Kitchen design


Kitchen design


Kitchen design


Kitchen design


Lakeside residence

Author: Travis Kinney


I was going through my flat file looking for a set of drawings when I cam across a number of sketches from a project a few years back. These are schematic designs for a major renovation on Sebago Lake, Maine.



Lakeside house


Here’s a typical schematic floor plan that often produce.

Floor plan sketch



Side elevation



view from water



aerial sketch

Balcony update

Author: Travis Kinney


Here’s what the underside of the three balconies will look like. They haven’t been sanded and painted yet. Yes, the bracket is a bit small looking, but we didn’t want it to block any of the view and in the context of all the other trim it works fine.

Some of the deck boards will be removable incase the space between decking and balcony ceiling ever needs to be washed or cleaned of algae.

balcony underside



Don’t look at the view (toward Portland Headlight) look at the stainless steel balcony rail posts! They are really nice. I love the rod at the top and we’re using a rather thin mahogany rail with LED lighting routed in underneath.


stainless steel balcony posts


Here’s a view of one of the other deck (notice Spring Point Lighthouse).

Stainless steel balcony posts


Author: Travis Kinney

Besides loving this view which I have posted before, something has been added. Do you see it? The bird do.


bird deterrent


Here’s a close-up detail. Our coppersmith added a bird deterrent across the ridge since the gulls and crows seem to already admire the house.


close-up view of copper spikes

Built-in master bed

Author: Travis Kinney

I’m currently working on a built-in master bed.

Here’s my rough concept sketch. When I designed the master bedroom, I made sure to leave a length of wall long enough for a king-size bed and nightstands. The bed wall is symmetrical with a very large picture window at the foot of the bed that faces toward Ram Island Lighthouse and Portland Head Light. I also placed the master closets to either-side because I knew the symmetry would be very cool and work well with the built-in look.


Important features to consider when designing a built-in bed is to consider the way the linens drape over the sides, pillow placement, lighting and switching and limiting projections that would be a foot-hitter. I’m also keeping the ¬†drawers hardware and applied baseboard projection to a minimum as it would not be fun to stub your tow on either of them in the middle of the night. Designers often overlook the duvet thickness and drop to sides of bed and any built-in casework needs to allow space for that to occur. What I did was hold the bookcase/ nightstands off the side of the bed creating a space for the linens.

The headboard has a built-in bevelled glass mirror with panelling to sides. A paneled millwork arch extends from one bookcase top to the other. In this arch will be three small pinhole or even LED lights to provide a wall wash effect and also can be used for reading. For individual reading, I’m going to use wall-mounted lamps with articulating arms, so that they can be adjusted or pushed out of the way. They provide the chance to get some fabric and color up higher.

There is a shallow shelf behind where the pillows are for decorations, family photos, books etc. This can also be used to set pillows against and be used as back support if if you sit up in bed to read.

The coffer beams in the bedroom ceiling are being incorporated into the bookcase tops helping to “anchor” the whole assembly, giving it that custom built-in look I am after.


Built-in master bed

I like designing deep window sills at kitchen sinks. People like to set stuff there and nothing is more irritating than only having 3″ to set a flower pot on. On a number of houses, I have built-out the wall in front of the sink to accommodate a deep sill. No special arrangements need to be made to the foundation in order to do this. Simplest way is to frame that portion of the exterior wall out of 2×10 or 2×12 studs instead of the standard 2×6 wall framing. If the kitchen window is under an eave, then you’re all set up there as well as it won’t extend out past the facia.


For this project, I wanted the entire window assembly to be all millwork trim. In this location, the extra depth created worked perfect as it sits on the depth of the stone veneer. Also, look a the soffit, you can see that it did not extend out past it. The floor joists you see at the top of the photo is the balcony above the kitchen window. That wood has since been covered with Azek strips (later posts about balconies).

kitchen window with deep sill



Here’s a kitchen I designed and used 2×12 wall studs at the sink to create the deep sill. The window sill here is wood, but you could use stone which I think would be nice, especially if you are watering plants.

deep sill



There were so many windows in this kitchen I needed to support a large LVL header framed into wall above, so these support posts were incorporated into the design, wrapped in trim and wall sconces added.


Deep window sill


Here’s another kitchen window bump-out for a spec-house I designed.

Kitchen window bump-out



The same kitchen window from the interior will a flush kitchen counter-to-window sill condition. My only concern with this type of detail is the wood casing and window sash coming down to the counter which can get rather wet at times. I worry about the trim sucking up that water. It is a cool look though, just need to be careful about sponging counter off and such.


Flush counter